bloomWatch has recently been updated to version 4.6, which represents a major shift in the approach used by the app to collect and share bloom report data. While users of the app will likely notice little (if any) difference, the underlying technology bloomWatch uses to store and share data has changed substantially.
Here are some of the highlights:
- The bloomWatch app no longer submits bloom reports through CitSci.org, but instead sends report data to ArcGIS Online
- All bloomWatch reports can be viewed on a newly created CMC bloomWatch Dashboard
- bloomWatch report data are publicly available in ArcGIS Online, which means anyone can add the data to their ArcGIS Online map, ArcGIS StoryMap, ArcGIS Dashboard, etc (the first two of which can be created using a free public ArcGIS Online account).